for Miss Molly Magpie
When I adopted a beautiful grey Zebra Finch from
a local humane society, I knew she was lonely. She
lived in a cage next to my doves and would move
as close as she could to them and push herself against
the bars. It broke my heart to see such a lonely
little lady, my Miss Molly Magpie.
I began to search for a friend or family of finches
that would accept her into their group. Zebra finches
can be picky. An established pair will pick on a
new arrival and one of the same sex may do the same.
My search led me to the Ozaukee Campus website
where I found three young finches waiting for a
new home. With luck, an odd number will increase
the chances of the young finches accepting Miss
I called the Ozaukee Campus and after counseling
with one of their staff, we decided to give it a
try. After several weeks of quarantine and allowing
them to slowly get to know each other, Miss Molly
Magpie joined the flock! Melody, Zoolander and Xavier
welcomed my precious little Molly with open wings.
They now eat, sleep and fly together, but thanks
to habitat modification tips I received, will not
"add" to their flock! Miss Molly Magpie
became the grandmother of her new family and has
never been happier. It makes me so happy to see
the four of them nestled together on their perch,
keeping each other company.
Meg Earsley, Adopter